A sprinkling of Duchamp, a dash of Beuys, a dusting of Kosuth and a generous dollop of talent. Witty, political, eclectic and referential, this daring and dynamic duo takes from all mediums to challenge and provoke the viewer to thought, action, outrage, despair, laugh, cry, shout. From two camel humps on an ironing board to the gorgeous and enigmatic photograph, Forecast (shown above), this show is guaranteed to turn you into a fan. My favorite piece of the evening was Petrified Petrol Pump, 2010, a futuristic artifact that appears before us calcified, encrusted and haunting.
Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla have been collborating since 1995. Allora was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1974. Calzadilla was born in 1971 in Havana, Cuba. Allora received a BA from the University of Richmond in Virginia (1996) and an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2003); Calzadilla received a BFA from Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1996) and an MFA from Bard College (2001). Collaborating since 1995.
--Georgia Fee, Editor in Chief, living in Paris
(Image courtesy of Galerie Chantal Crousel )